Thursday, December 30, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
What started as just an idea for fundraising for the Hoosier Wrestling Club, got my wheels turnin'. And so I decided to run with it.
Unfortunately, a business can't run on just a clever name ;) So what is it that I plan to do with First Ladies of Wrestling, llc.?
1. Preserve the sport of Wrestling. There are plenty of clubs/teams out there that requiring funding from others. First ladies of Wrestling, llc. offers the opportunity for these not-for-profit wrestling organizations to utilize us as a fundraising partner. Such as we are currently doing with the Hoosier Wrestling Club out of Bloomington, IN. There is a few different ways this can take place, depending on the preference of the Club/Team. If interested in fundraising, please email me, Nicole, at email@example.com
2. Be an outlet for showing pride in the sport we love. As a fan of wrestling, I grew to become very proud, very dedicated, very excited, and a tad defensive ;) I wore the shirts, I sported some of the fun accessories, but nothing said "I am a Woman, and I love WRESTLING!". Yes, I go to the big NCAA tournaments, I know quite a few alumni-wrestlers from various schools that make these weekends guys-weekends. But I think we can all agree, there is nothing like the passion of a Female Wrestling Fan. Whether you are a Mom, Sister, Aunt, GF/Fiance/Wife- your dedication is A-Mazing. If you are going to park your behind on stadium seating for 8 hours a day, 1, 2 or 3 days at a time, you deserve a shirt that says "I Support a Wrestler!" That ladies, is a full time job.
So what do I plan to offer you?
I have quite a few fun shirt ideas rolling around, and these will be released 1 at a time, with the preceding designs available until officially retired. And don't worry, plenty of other ideas will be released periodically as well.
Spread the word: We are on Facebook- First Ladies of Wrestling. Will update on http:// imwiththeteam.blogspot.com. And will launch a website as soon as possible!
Here is our first shirt- Currently Raising Funds for Hoosier Wrestling Club:
How to Order?
Shirts are $20.00 a piece.
Please copy and paste the 'form' below in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Email address for contact:
Style: Woman or Mother
Color: Bright or Light
I will then email you an invoice. I can currently only accept cash (for pick-up orders) or check (made out to First Ladies of Wrestling, llc.). There is a shipping charge that is figured from USPS, this will also be quoted on your invoice.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Erin hitting a sweet drive mid-sentence. Check.
Jaimie's matching clubs and outfit. Check.
Mad Golf-Cart Skills. Check.
Busting out a new set of clubs in the parking lot 30 minutes before the shot-gun start. Check.
Our experience on the course should be sold to Lorne Michaels as a great SNL skit. Stereotypical Women we were- always positive, could find a compliment in the worst of shots, "You Made Contact!". Absolutely Hysterical! Loved every minute of it! And sorry boys- it will definitely happen again ;)
I strongly encourage more ladies to attend next year. It doesn't even have to be a "Guys only weekend infringement". I am sure that we all have enough putting-up-with-a-wrestler material to last us for a Girls' Weekend of our own ;) As far as golfing goes, we require no prerequisites and only have one rule:
"If they don't sell Mulligans, we bring our own :P"
Good Times, looking forward to next September (I'm only guessing).
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Women in the stands.
And I believe that to the fullest. Girlfriend, fiancee, Wife, Mother, Sister. It takes a special kind of female to support a wrestler pre-, present- and post- season.
To raise money for the Hoosier Wrestling Club, we are going to sell Women's T-shirts. However, before I put in the very first order- I am putting out a request to anyone interested in purchasing to answer the questions at the bottom of this posting by commenting here, through facebook or by emailing email@example.com
And of course- I would not have you claim to want to purchase just any T-shirt! So here is the design that we are working with a Screen printer to make.
As a woman, (especially post-baby-body), I am a bit picky about my t-shirts. So please be sure this shirt WILL BE QUALITY! I will be checking out samples before settling as well but I am leaning toward:
- Women's Fit (of Course!),
- relax cut,
- ring-spun cotton blend (Ooo so soft!),
- no heavier than 5.0 oz
- Not transparent
- A little longer than the average length
I am hoping that Kim can work with us and give us 2 colors to choose from
- Hot Pink
- Light Pink
As well as different options of screen print to accommodate the important women in a wrestler's life ;) This will be Front and Back screen printing in a Cream Color.
What is stronger than a Wrestler?
His Woman. -or- His Mother.
Wrestling. Spectating is a sport.
I hope this gives you a good enough idea of the shirt and that you would be proud to wear one (or have your lady wear one ;))! If you are confused at all, please email me and I could probably show it a bit more literally through a word document.
Without skimping on the quality of the shirt, I am guessing that they may each be somewhere between $20-$25. Of course if we can generate enough interest in the shirts *before* ordering our first batch, it could be more likely that they would be $20 each. But of course- this is a fundraiser and we do want to make some money for the Hoosier Wrestling Club. BTW- for those of you who do not have ties to IU wrestling, but are a dedicated female Wrestling Fan, the logo is a simple HWC.
So you are interested right?? ;) Questions to answer for me:
1- Size? Yay for Women's fit!!! So over a "Man's" Small/Medium!
2- Color preference? I am talking "BAM" I'm PINK! or Awww Pink ;)
3- Are you His Woman. or His Mother. ??
Please feel free to pass this onto any, "Yeah I Live. Eat. Breath. NCAA Wrestling" Woman.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Who is your Outstanding Wrestler of the year? Cast your vote now for this year's Fan Favorite IU Wrestler of the Year! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with Fan Fav in the subject line, the name of your favorite 09-10 IU starter and if you would like, a brief statement why you chose this young man.
A few things to think about:
1- It doesn't have to be "the best wrestler" on the team. Quite frankly I don't care if you respect his technique or just think a singlet is the perfect cut to show off all those chiseled muscles. This award is going to the Favorite Wrestler ergo, the guy with the most votes- for whatever reason!
2- It has to be a 2009-2010 starter.
3- Only 1 vote per email address. If you want to take the time to create a million different email addresses, More Power to You!! You must really love Your Outstanding Wrestler!
4- What is the best thing about the Internet?? COMMUNICATION! PASS IT ON!!! Send this link to anyone you want and Campaign for Your Outstanding Wrestler! Bribery is just a creative way to compromise ;)
5- (Wrestlers, you can vote too ;) and it would be silly if you all just voted for each other, it would just cancel out your votes. Don't worry, I won't tell ;))
6- Whether you followed by never missing a dual/tourney, read up on the Internet or newspaper (ha!), followed me on Twitter ;) @imwiththeteam (cheap plug), Or waited for those Smoke Signals-- Vote!!! If there was one guy who you just could not wait to hear how he did- Vote for Him!
7- Voting ends Sunday, March 28th at 8:59pm Eastern Time (I have a tot to put to bed). And the Fan Favorite Wrestler will be honored at the team banquet. (Hopefully I will have some great reasons why you chose who you chose). After the banquet I will post the winner on this blog site.
So remember, 1 vote per email by Sunday, March 28th at 8:59pm EST to email@example.com
Any questions, comment this blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 22, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
"What does your husband do?"
"He is a wrestling coach for IU."
"(insert your favorite positive comfirmation here)
Me chuckling at the inside joke in my head. "Well opens, invitationals and dual tournaments begin in October. Then Big Ten's really get underway about January and competition-season closes with the NCAA tournament in mid-March."
"Sounds like a great work schedule-"
"-Then there is recruiting, that really doesn't 'stop' throughout the year, but it is the main priority April through September."
"I see, so no off-"
"-No, no off-season."
Am I bitter about this? I would be the perfect Stepford-Wife if I said "No, I support my husband 100% in whatever he wishes to do." (Cheesy smile and twinkle in my eye)
The role of Wrestling Wife really is a "Love it" or "Hate it" deal. My first encounter with the sport was about 8 years ago at a home IU dual meet when I saw my very-recent-boyfriend throw his opponent at 197lbs... impressed to say the least, however, I was completely clueless to what exactly was going on. In a short period of time I learned a lot and was able to quickly say, "Wrestling is my favorite sport".
I was a very emotional fan watching Pat wrestling for 3 years at IU. And although the heart pounding and muscle tensing has let up, I still get that Hunting-Lioness instinct watching our guys wrestle. I am never one to sit completely still, stay completely quite, or for that matter stay completely classy. I can imagine I embarrass Pat at least a handful of times with every passing season, But I couldn't be happier or more honored to be part of such a close-knit, cut-throat athletic Family.
To have and to hold (but of course no locking of hands),
For richer or poorer (let's loosen up on the poor k?)
In Sickness and in Health (so glad we got through weight-cuts!)
To love and to cherish (it isn't your fault the ref made a bad call)
From this day forward, until total knee and hip replacements do us part...